Built by Mitsubishi on June 15, 1942. At the factory, painted overall gray with a black cowling. Houkoku Number 869 (Patriotic presentation number 869) indicating the aircraft was donated by
a civilian volunteer group in Japan. Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) as A6M2 Model 32 Zero manufacture number 3018.
Assigned to the Tainan Kokutai. Tail code V-177 with a diagonal blue stripe on the rear fuselage. On August 22, 1942 this Zero was part of a detachment of A6M3 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai and 2nd Kokutai that departed Lakunai Airfield to operate from Buna Airfield (Old Strip). This Zero was abandoned at Buna
Airfield (Old Strip) upside down with the landing gear extended, likely due to a landing accident that caused it to flip over.
During late December 1942, this Zero was captured by the U. S. Army. The Zero was studied by Allied intelligence that noted the manufacture number, tail number and recovered several dataplates from the aircraft. The ultimate fate of this Zero is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
Production figures of the Mitsubishi/Nakajima A6M Zero by Jim Long
Yokoi Houkoku List - Houkoku Number 869
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December 2, 2018